Sunday, August 7, 2011

Wee Free Men by Terry Prachett

genre: middle grade literature/fantasy
book 4 of Melissa's list for the Book Blogger Reading Swap Challenge

Nine year old Tiffany Aching wants to be a witch.  Not that she's not satisfied with her life on the farm - she loves the sheep and she's become quite an expert at cheese making.  But she knows that magic is out there and she wants to learn to use it - especially once she meets the Nac Mac Feegle.  Those are the Wee Free Men of the title - short, blue, hard drinking Scottish...guys.  Pixies, really.  They come to her aid when her (rather sticky) younger brother is stolen by an evil witch and Tiffany knows that it is up to her to bring him back from whatever world he's been taken.

With her trusty frying pan, a lot of common sense and an even greater ability to listen to her second thoughts, Tiffany and the Nac Mac Feegle are in for the adventure of their lives.

Um, DELIGHTFUL.  The Nac Mac Feegle are HILARIOUS.  I listened to this one on cd, so just hearing their Scottish battle cries and insults was seriously laugh out loud funny.  My 8 year old son and I were completely taken in by this twisting and turning story of a young girl on the verge of learning what she's capable of.  I'll be honest, sometimes it did make my brain hurt a little bit, trying to understand exactly what was happening, what with all the dreams within a dream and this other world where the witch can twist reality and make you believe anything she imagines.

I'm glad I've tried out Prachett.  Really, those Nac Mac Feegle alone are enough for you to just try it.  Laughing out loud.

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bermudaonion said...

I don't read a lot of fantasy, because it's usually too complicated for me. This sounds like it's at my level. It sounds delightful!

Melissa said...

Yeah, it does make your brain hurt a bit there at the end. But the Nac Mac Feegle more than make up for that. (Now you need to read the rest of the Tiffany Aching books... Hat Full of Sky is really the best one of the lot.)

Ondrej from Good Books to Read said...

Pratchett equals brilliance, it's that simple.

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